The Fraunhofer IESE Series on Software and Systems Engineering

Pragmatic Evaluation of Software Architectures

Authors: Knodel, Jens, Naab, Matthias

  • Presents the lessons learned from more than 75 architecture evaluation projects with industrial customers
  • Provides comprehensive answers to more than 100 typical questions and discusses more than 60 frequent mistakes and lessons learned
  • Written in a style accessible to both professionals and researchers and offers a balance of quantitative measurement and qualitative expertise
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About this book

Thorough and continuous architecting is the key to overall success in software engineering, and architecture evaluation is a crucial part of it. This book presents a pragmatic architecture evaluation approach and insights gained from its application in more than 75 projects with industrial customers in the past decade. It presents context factors, empirical data, and example cases, as well as lessons learned on mitigating the risk of change through architecture evaluation.

By providing comprehensive answers to more than 100 typical questions and discussing more than 60 frequent mistakes and lessons learned, the book allows readers to not only learn how to conduct architecture evaluations and interpret its results, but also to become aware of risks such as false conclusions, manipulating data, and unsound lines of argument. It equips readers to become confident in assessing quantitative measurement results and recognize when it is better to rely on qualitative expertise.

The target readership includes both practitioners and researchers. By demonstrating its impact and providing clear guidelines, data, and examples, it encourages practitioners to conduct architecture evaluations. At the same time, it offers researchers insights into industrial architecture evaluations, which serve as the basis for guiding research in this area and will inspire future research directions.

About the authors

Jens Knodel is senior architect and consultant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He is responsible for project management, software and system architecture design, and smart ecosystems in research and industry projects. He shares his experience about software engineering at international conferences and journal publications, in scientific publications and is a lecturer for software architecture at the Fraunhofer Academy, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, and the Hochschule Mannheim.

Matthias Naab is head of the Architecture-Centric Engineering department at Fraunhofer IESE and a lecturer for software architecture at the Fraunhofer Academy. He led and conducted dozens of architecture evaluations for customers from many industries, helping customers to make adequate decisions around their software systems. He shares his experience about architecture evaluation at practitioner conferences and in scientific publications.

Reviews

“The focus of this well-organized guidebook is the evaluation of software architectures. It presents practical experience- and context-based guidance for software architecture evaluations. … it is of value to software engineers, software architects, designers, managers, and software evaluators. … this book contributes to our understanding of software architecture via guidance for the pragmatic evaluation of software architecting and supports software architecture’s central role in the development, maintenance, and improvement of software.” (J. M. Perry, Computing Reviews, November, 2016)


“This book starts off nicely, with a rather unusually structured table of contents, which brings out the character of a book written by practitioners for practitioners. The style of the language is casual and entertaining, sometimes even a little sarcastic ("Bermuda Triangle", "patient dies on the way to the hospital",...), which I like a lot. In terms of content, the most pressing issues regarding this subject are answered. All in all, a good overview is provided. I really enjoyed reading this book.” (Stefan Georg, IT Architect, Cosmos Finanzservice GmbH, Saarbruecken, Germany)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Why Architecture Evaluation?

    Knodel, Jens (et al.)

    Pages 3-10

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  • What Is the Background of Architecture?

    Knodel, Jens (et al.)

    Pages 11-20

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  • What Is Architecture Evaluation?

    Knodel, Jens (et al.)

    Pages 21-34

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  • How to Perform an Architecture Evaluation?

    Knodel, Jens (et al.)

    Pages 35-45

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  • How to Perform the Driver Integrity Check (DIC)?

    Knodel, Jens (et al.)

    Pages 49-58

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eBook 59,49 €
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  • Included format: PDF
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Softcover 72,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-34176-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pragmatic Evaluation of Software Architectures
Authors
Series Title
The Fraunhofer IESE Series on Software and Systems Engineering
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-34177-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-34177-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34176-7
Series ISSN
2193-8199
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 154
Number of Illustrations and Tables
40 b/w illustrations
Topics